Review: Rebel – Amy Tintera

Review: Rebel – Amy TinteraRebel by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #2
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 13, 2014
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Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there's only one option left...

It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

For the longest time, the trend in YA seemed to be the trilogy. Every single series seemed to be composed of three separate books to tell the story. But lately, there seems to be a new trend, the duology. The trilogy exists still, obviously, but it seems more and more authors are leaning towards this format of two books and I can’t say I mind it. Why am I starting this review with this tidbit? Well because Rebel is the conclusion of a duology and I think Tintera nailed it by going this route.

Rebel picks up right where Reboot left off. Callum and Wren have escaped HARC and are now at the Reboot reservation they were told about with the other escaped Reboots. When they get to the reservation everything seems to be run by a tight ship with Micah, their leader, calling the shots. But as Callum and Wren get more immersed with Micah and the others they start to see everything isn’t as it seems. Micah has a plan and it isn’t one that either of these two can get behind. As their living situation grows tense Micah does something that forces Wren and Callum’s hands into action. When all is said and done not everyone is going to make it out alive maybe not even Callum or Wren.

What I loved the most about Rebel is that it is told from both Wren and Callum’s voices. I really enjoyed their dynamic in the first book as they were the perfect counterpart to each other, Wren being hard with Callum being more emotional. It worked in Reboot, and it worked even more in Rebel because the reader got to see what they were both thinking and really what they saw in each other and how they worked as a couple/team. Hearing Callum’s voice this time around truly showed how much he had grown as a character and grown thanks to Wren, and vice versa.

I also really found myself enthralled by the plot of Rebel. I mean the title and the synopsis can give you a basic idea about what is going to happen, but I really liked the way Tintera had it all unfold. Everything happened in due time and wasn’t rushed nor dragged out. The action sequences were tense and fast-paced and the small quiet moments were just that, quiet. It all flowed really well and came to a pretty great head at the end.

Rebel was a really great conclusion and the second part of a duology. The author really hit everything right. It filled me with anxiety, made me smile and had me at the end of my seat. It was a fantastic wrap up that I highly recommend. If you’ve read Reboot don’t want to read Rebel. If not, get in that immediately!

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